COG provides assistance to help its local government members create vibrant and thriving Activity Centers. COG has partnered with ULI-Washington to fund three Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) per year in Activity Centers. TAPs provide local government awardees with tailored advice and recommendations on a particular project or location from a panel of experts from the real estate, finance, planning, transportation, engineering, and design fields. Over an intensive one-and-a-half day workshop, the panelists develop priority catalytic strategies to address a particular land use or development challenge and maximize the impacts of investment. TAPs awarded in the first year of this partnership addressed issues such as walkability and revitalization of a mall at a Metro station, land assemblage strategies at a suburban shopping center, and commercial development and placemaking along a major urban transit corridor.